Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

“Dark fiber” is a term often heard in conversations about fiber optic communications. Perhaps this is because it has a name that sounds evil or nefarious. But dark fiber is just fiber that has been installed and is not currently in use; instead, it is reserved for spares or future use.


If you’re going to do a job right, you need the right tools. Today, the definition of tool goes beyond wire crimpers and multimeters. It now includes smartphones and the apps that make them crucial to a contractor’s success. The following are some of the apps that contractors could consider using.


Last month, we looked into positive, negative and zero-sequence components, also known as symmetrical components, with virtually no math involved.

It is a sign of tight budgets when facility directors at most K–12 and higher education institutions receive mandates to defer maintenance on their existing building inventory to allow for budget dollar application elsewhere.

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Effective Marketing Proposals - Part II
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A proposal’s primary objective is to persuade your customer to take specific action, including contracting your products and services. Often you will write a proposal in response to a request for proposal (RFP) or request for quotation (RFQ) that the prospect and/or consultant sends.

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Voice/Data/Video Design/Build:Contractor Opportunities, Customer Advantages
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The number of electrical contractors that provide design/build services for traditional electrical work has been steadily growing for decades.

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Net This - The Internet, That Is
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You may recall making copies on a mimeograph machine and typing on a manual typewriter. That was before Xerox and digital cameras, of course. My first point is this: the ways of doing things change.

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Linking Fiber Optics with Media Converters
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It has the potential to be a classic cartoon: an electrician with a run of co-ax coming in on the left that needs to link to a run of fiber going out on the right. No amount of black tape will link the two. What is needed is a magic box.

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Fuel Cells NOW, Part II of II
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In Part I of this two-part article (EC October 2000) on development of fuel cells, we described the basic technology and answered some frequently asked questions. We noted that contractors have a window of opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a possible fuel cell-sparked energy revolution.

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The Net Levels the Playing Field for Small Companies
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The Internet is already changing the way the electrical industry operates, especially in the areas of purchasing, financing, and shipping. But it has only just begun.

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Fire Safety Binds All Code Requirements
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Fire protection is serious business. Fire, smoke, and toxic fumes take a terrible toll in lives and property every year. Every major building code is meant to reduce the threat of fire.

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